Our story

To deepen thinking and creativity in cultural institutions and build professional capabilities in the administration of culture in Singapore
The Culture Academy was established in 2015 by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth to groom the next generation of cultural leaders in the public sector.


Guided by its vision to be a centre of excellence for the development of culture professionals and administrators, the Culture Academy’s work spans three areas: Education and Capability Development, Research and Scholarship and Thought Leadership.

The Culture Academy also provides professional development workshops, public lectures and publishes research articles through its journal, Cultural Connections to nurture thought leaders in Singapore’s cultural scene.

One of the Academy’s popular offerings is its annual thought leadership conference which provides a common space for cultural leaders to gather and exchange ideas and best practices and to incubate new ideas. It also offers networking opportunities and platforms for collaborative ideas-sharing.

To be the centre of excellence for the development of culture professionals and administrators

Our Logo

The Culture Academy Singapore Logo takes the form of a layered platform that illustrates the Academy’s role in providing a platform to raise the profile of our cultural leaders. The multiple layers also represent accumulating papers illustrating a growing discourse and the thought leadership that Culture Academy hopes to cultivate.

Envisioned in red and white, the logo is made up of Singapore’s national colours pointing to the role that Culture Academy plays in grooming the next generation of cultural leaders for Singapore.

To groom the next generation of cultural leaders in the public sector.

Signature Programmes

'In Conversation With' Series

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The “In Conversation With” series offers a safe and open platform for arts and culture professionals and administrators to come together to present any aspect of their work including research, conservation, curatorial, pedagogy and programmes together with another professional from another field within or outside the sector. This allows for more robust discussions and cross-pollination of ideas and sharing of best practices on issues that matter to the arts and culture professional and administrator.

Distinguished Speaker Series


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The Distinguished Speaker Series showcases the movers and shakers and thought leaders in the arts and heritage as well as business and marketing world who have brought their organisations to world class standards. This includes top Civil Servants (current and retired), Ambassadors, Museum Directors, CEOs of peak companies or cultural agencies of international acclaim who have done innovative or ground-breaking work in their respective fields.

International Conference

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Held annually in the last quarter of the year, the Culture Academy's annual conference brings together thought leaders from Singapore, the region and beyond on one platform to discuss issues or topics that are of concern to the arts and heritage fraternity and to share best practices and ideas that can encourage mutual ideas sharing and networking and learning opportunities.